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NAIA Conference Tournament Recap for May 3

Joel Blomberg

Joel Blomberg

Southern States Athletic Conference – at Columbus, GA: #6 Southern Polytechnic defeated #4 Berry 9-3 for the
championship. Jake Barrow was 3-4 with a double and two RBI for the Hornets; starter David Harden went eight innings, scattered eight hits.

Mid-South Conference – at Campbellsville, KY: #8 Campbellsville won the championship, defeating Georgetown College 7-5. Chris Curley hit two home runs, and Colin Bryan and Jimmy Voelker also hit home runs.

Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference – at Livonia, MI: #16 Madonna defeated Concordia-Ann Arbor 13-4 to stay in the tournament, but they lost to Indiana Tech 11-7 in the final. Lance Hanmer was 2-4 with a home run and two RBI for the Warriors.

Sun Conference – at Fort Myers, FL: In the first round, #7 Embry-Riddle was taken to 12 innings by Webber International, but they won 4-3. Joel Blomberg singled in the winning run in the top of the 12th. Aaron Varnum, who pitched 3 2/3 hitless innings for the Eagles, got the win. #15 Warner defeated Saint Thomas 4-2, and Savannah College of Art and Design defeated USC Beaufort 3-1. Embry-Riddle plays USC Beaufort on Monday, and Savannah College of Art and Design plays Warner.

Dakota Athletic Conference – at Minot, ND: Jamestown defeated Dickinson State 9-2 for the championship. Erik Church and Jeremy Newman hit home runs for the Jummies; Church was 3-5 with two RBI, and Newman was 2-3. Starter Ryan Lucero went eight innings, allowed seven hits.

Midwest Collegiate Conference – at Waterloo, IA: William Penn won the championship, defeating Iowa Wesleyan 5-2. Keith Rizor pitched a complete game for the Statemen, allowed five hits.

Great Plains Athletic Conference – at Hastings, NB: Dakota Wesleyan won the championship, defeating Mount Marty in the final 9-8 (10 innings). The Tigers scored a run with two out in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings, and Nick Loera batted in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth. Thomas Pickett got the win, but starter Tyler Earls went 5 1/3 innings, and allowed only two runs, despite having started and pitched six innings the previous day.

The Sooner Athletic Conference (Lubbock Christian, Oklahoma City), Golden State Athletic Conference (Point Loma Nazarene, Fresno Pacific), and NAIA West (British Columbia, College of Idaho) tournaments start on Monday.

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